KCETLink Receives National Endowment for the Arts Grant To Support Transmedia Arts and Culture Series, ARTBOUND

Grant one of 886 NEA Art Works grants 

Totaling $25.8 million in funding nationwide

Burbank, CA - April 17, 2014 - National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Acting Chairman Joan Shigekawa announced today that KCETLink is one of 886 nonprofit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant as part of the second half of its fiscal year 2014 funding. KCETLink is recommended for a $75,000 grant to support the station's award-winning transmedia arts and culture journalism series, ARTBOUND. This is the second grant ARTBOUND has received from the NEA.


ARTBOUND, KCET's transmedia arts and culture series, bridges the divide between online and television audiences, taking viewers on a journey through the arts and cultural landscape of Southern California. Through articles, essays, and thinkpieces published online by more than 50 contributors in 11 counties, ARTBOUND'S correspondents cover cultural happenings in the communities where they live, providing an inside look at art across the region. The ARTBOUND audience votes online for an article to be made into a short online video. These documentaries are then assembled into an hour-long episode.

NEA Acting Chairman Shigekawa said, "The NEA is pleased to announce that KCETLink is recommended for an NEA Art Works grant. These NEA-supported projects will not only have a positive impact on local economies, but will also provide opportunities for people of all ages to participate in the arts, help our communities to become more vibrant, and support our nation's artists as they contribute to our cultural landscape."

"We are thrilled to be recommended for an NEA Art Works grant for ARTBOUND," said Juan Devis, VP of Arts and Culture Programming, KCETLink. "With the support of this grant, we will continue to provide innovative arts journalism for the region and create new ways of engaging with our communities."

Art Works grants support the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and enhancement of the livability of communities through the arts.  The NEA received 1,515 eligible applications under the Art Works category, requesting more than $76 million in funding. Of those applications, 886 are recommended for grants for a total of $25.8 million.

For a complete listing of projects recommended for Art Works grant support, please visit the NEA website at arts.gov.




KCETLink is the national independent public transmedia organization formed by the merger between KCET and Link Media.  A viewer-supported 501c(3) organization, its content is distributed nationally via satellite on DirecTV (375) and DISH Network (9410), in Southern and Central California via broadcast, as well as through various digital delivery systems.  The combined organization reaches a wide audience that includes Link TV's 33 million satellite subscribers and KCET's 5.6 million households in Southern and Central California. As new technologies continue to make dramatic changes to the media landscape, KCETLink is committed to driving public media innovation with smarter ways to access content that engages all audiences. For additional information about KCETLink productions, web-exclusive content, programming schedules and community events, please visit kcet.org or linktv.org.


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